Three people pulled from chilly waters near marina

Three people went swimming in the frigid waters of Haro Strait this week – unintentionally.

“You don’t want to be in the water if you don’t have to be,” Oak Bay police Const. Larry Worock said.

Winds were high on Sunday and the waters off Oak Bay Marina were choppy, while the temperature at its highest was 3 C. A man in his mid-40s and another in his 20s were crabbing from a rigid-hull dinghy about 90 metres east of the marina when one stood up to pull in a trap.

As his boat bounced in the waves, the standing man lost his footing and plunged into the water and the dinghy capsized.

“(Given) where they were, probably if they hadn’t been seen right away they may not have been seen for a while,” Worock said.

Two sailors, a married couple, were preparing their 18-foot sailboat at the marina for a day at sea when they saw the dingy flip over. The couple motored to where the two men were signalling for help.

Both men overboard were wearing life jackets, Worock said. But the older man’s clothes were completely water-logged and he was difficult for the couple to pull from the ocean. They spent about 10 minutes in the water.

Once the wet men were on board the sailboat, they were wrapped in a tarp to protect against the wind and driven back to the docks.

“(The couple) pretty much saved their lives,” Worock said.

By the time the sailboat returned to the marina, Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society, the Coast Guard and Oak Bay police and fire crews had been called.

The older man suffered from hypothermia. “He was so cold he couldn’t shiver,” Worock said. The man was taken by ambulance to Royal Jubilee Hospital. The younger man was cold, but not ill.

“It’s a boater’s legal responsibility to come to the aid of somebody (in distress),” Worock said.

Another water-rescue operation was required early Monday.

A man in his 60s who had gone out to sea in his outboard inflatable, went overboard 30 metres from shore, despite calmer waters. Luckily, he was wearing his survival suit.

The man stayed with his boat and eventually noticed someone coming toward him in a rowboat.

The rescuer pulled the man from the water and he was warmed with blankets once back on dry land.

ecardone@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

People resort to home haircuts or #coronacuts as pandemic continues

Quarantine haircuts posted on socialmedia with #coronacuts

Camosun College to produce more than 9,000 face shields for Island Health workers

An innovative new design will allow for mass production of face shields for use across Canada

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

Drive-through COVID-19 testing underway at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

It is not clear when testing started or how many tests have already happened

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

B.C. health officer says homemade masks may prevent spread of COVID-19 to others

Practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and resisting touching your face are proven methods

B.C.’s senior home staff measures show results in COVID-19 battle

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s order restricts care aides to one facility

Independent investigation praises RCMP actions in Vancouver Island suicide attempt

Man hurt in incident that took place near Nanoose Bay in September of 2019

Fake test kits and other COVID online scams play on public anxiety: fraud centre

Vancouver has seen a spike in commercial property crimes, with offices and stores empty because of COVID-19

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

COVID-19: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ recorded and released

LISTEN: Quick turnaround for song penned by B.C. Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

Most Read